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on a transatlantic free trade agreement. >> pope benedict celebrates his last public mass as pontiff inside st. peter's basilica in rome. >> and the movie "night train to lisbon" has its world premiere at the berlin film festival. president barack obama says the american economy has made important progress, but there is still a long way to go. he delivered the annual state of the union address in washington last night and urged americans to help jump-start the country's sluggish -- sluggish economy. >> pushing hard for a special economy would significant job growth. that looks like the message obama plans to hammer home time and time again during his time in office. >> presidents also touched on foreign policy, praising u.s. soldiers stationed in afghanistan and promising them a speedy return home. >> the president of the united states. [applause] >> it is a washington ritual, long applause, handshakes, and hugs on both sides of the aisle. in his speech, obama focused clearly on domestic issues, among them, raising the minimum wage, reforming immigration, and modernizing the education system. he also
pope there are new details about pope benedict's day to day living when he retires at the end of the month. danielle nottingham brings us the latest from the vatican. >> reporter: the vatican revealed pope benedict's closest aide will remain his private secretary and will also run the new pope's household. the duel role for the monsignor is raising questions about how much influence benedict will have over his successor. >> no one has said exactly what he's going to do and it's going to be benedict who decides what does and doesn't do. even the pope's brother has suggested the new pope would be wise to consult the former pope from time to time. >> reporter: the pope told the priest in rome thursday morning he'll be hidden from view after stepping down. the holy father says he'll live a life of prayer at a former monastery inside the vatican walls. even though pope benedict is expected to be out of sight, images of him will be around the vatican for many years to come. tourists who make the pilgrimage here buy all sorts of religious souvenirs. many items still feature pope jo
catholics around the world are still adjusting to the knowledge to the announcement pope benedict will be stepping down and new leadership will follow. and today the man who says he lacks the strength to go on as leader of the church led his final public mass as pope. nbc's anne thompson with us tonight from the vatican. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. today we finally saw the man who is causing all the commotion here. in two public appearances, pope benedict looked every one of his 85 years, but his voice and his resolve are strong. ♪ pope benedict led a packed st. peter's basilica in a moving ash wednesday mass. reminding the faithful, they are made from dust and to dust they shall return. a message of humility, answered by an unusual demonstration of affection. a spontaneous, prolonged standing ovation for the retiring pontiff, at his final public mass. a sea of cell phones capturing the exit of a man praised today as a simple and humble worker. >> i have tears in my eyes. it's just so amazing to be here. >> reporter: the pope's weekly audience turned in
. >> reporter: i'm danielle nottingham at the vatican. coming up, pope benedict is stepping down, but will he remain >>> pope benedict says he plans to drop out of public view when he steps down at the end of the month. danielle nottingham has more on the pope's return to private life. >> reporter: the vatican acknowledged for the first time that pope benedict hit his head in a hotel room during his trip to mexico last year. church officials say the accident has nothing to do with the pontiff's decision to retire. the pope told parish priests in rome thursday morning he will be hidden from view after he steps down. the holy father says he will live a life of prayer in a former monastery inside the vatican walls. it has been 600 years since the last pope retired. >> a lot of people are wondering is he just going to go behind the vatican walls and never be seen or heard from again. even the pope's brother had suggested that the new pope would be wise to consult the former pope from time to time. >> reporter: even though pope benedict is expected to be out of sight, images of him will be around
talent appears at wx center with generic >>> we learned today that once pope benedict leaves office, his new title will be bishop emeritus of rome. today, ash wednesday, benedict explained his decision to retire saying, "i am no longer capable of carrying out peter's ministry with the strength needed." allen pizzey is in vatican city. >> reporter: flash photography is frowned upon in saint peter's basilica, but it was a sin worth committing today as the faithful crowded in to get a glimpse of the pope at his last public mass. benedict's frailty, which played a part in his decision to resign, was evident. but so too was the faith and sense of duty which made him take a job he said he never wanted. he said the mass was a good opportunity to thank everyone and ask for a special remembrance in prayer. he used his sermon to criticize recent infighting among priests at the vatican, saying the church's image had been hurt. the mood was bittersweet, tears wiped away discreetly. [ applause ] >> reporter: and a very unchurch-like standing ovation in the b
sure you're ready. at devry.edu. ♪ ♪ >> pelley: we learned today that once pope benedict leaves office his new title will be bishop emeritus of rome. today, ash wednesday, benedict explained his decision to retire saying "i am no longer capable of carrying out peter's ministry with the strength needed." alan pizzey is in vatican city. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> reporter: flash photography is frownd upon in st. peter's basilica but it was a sin worth committing today as the faithful crowded in to get a glimpse of the pope at his last public mass. benedict's frailty which played a part in his decision to resign, was evident. but so, too, was the faith and sense of duty which made him take a job he said he never wanted. he said the mass was a good opportunity to thank everyone and ask for a special remembrance in prayer. he used his homily to criticize recent in-fighting among priests at the vatican, saying the church's image had been hurt. the mood was bittersweet. tears wiped away discreetly. ( applause ) and a very unchurch-like standing ovation in the basilica where popes are both announced and b
to see pope benedict celebrate mass in public for the last >>> catholics packed vatican city today to see pope benedict celebrate mass in public for the last time. thousands of faithful gave the pope a long ovation near the end of today's ash wednesday service. >>> and in case you have forgotten, tomorrow is valentine's day and roses are selling everywhere from grocery stores to high end florist. how they stack up. >> reporter: for some, the way to their heart is through the stomach. >> dinner out. >> valentine's chocolates. >> reporter: but the most popular is by far flowers. >> love getting roses. >> reporter: the cost of the sweetheart's sweet smelling treat can vary depending on where you buy them. but does more money mean better roses? florist was enlisted to find out. comparing this $9.99 bunch from a grocery to $14.99. and this bunch for $45 from a small florist along with this $90 from an upscale floral designer nnchts good shape. >> reporter: she was impressed with the long stems and packaged. and she said both the $45 and $14.99 were
the vatican about the health of pope benedict. danielle nottingham has the latest for wjz, from the vatican. >> reporter: the vatican has revealed that pope benedict's closest aide will remain as his private secretary and will also run the new pope's household. the dual role for monsignor giller gynesign is raising questions about how much influence benedict will have over his successor. >> no one has said exactly mahe's going to do. and it will be benedict who decides what he does do ask doesn't do. even the pope's brother has said the new pope would be wise to consult the former pope from time to time. >> reporter: the pope told parish priests in rome thursday morning, he will be hidden from view, after he steps down. the holy father says he will live a life of prayer. in a former monestary inside the vatican walls. >> reporter: even though pope benedict is expected to be out of sight, images of him around the vatican will be around for many years to come. >> reporter: tourists who make the pilgrimage here buy all sorts of le -- religious
today. pope benedict making his first appearance since his resignation announcement. amid the sacred celebration of ash wednesday. there was a kind of rumbling in rome, a kind of aftershock and abc's dan harris is at the vatican to tell us more. >> reporter: on this ash wednesday, at his last public mass, pope benedict received a rare, rapturous standing ovation. earlier in the day, at a public ceremony, a similar reception, with cheers and tears. benedict was visibly moved. how was the atmosphere in the room? >> electric. solemn and electric at the same time. >> i almost cried. honestly, it was wonderful. >> reporter: beneath the applause, though, there are thorny questions swirling. we were struck by the fact that the pope said again today that he was resigning of his own free will. there's been a real emphasis on pointing out that the pope made this decision of his own volition. and was not pushed. why? >> why is that? because italians love conspiracy theories. >> reporter: he's not kidding. the local papers here read like a dan brown novel, teeming with unsubstantiated talk of be
... and launch your dreams. at legalzoom.com we put the law on your side. >>> pope benedict xvi will live out his final days in vatican city as he relinquishes his thrown. cardinals around the world will gather to determine who will succeed him. what direction will the church go in let's ask nbc news vatican analyst who's in roam for us. george, i want to dive right in because i know we have got a delay to worry about. most people know the role of the pope as the spiritual leader among catholics, but of course his other job is to proselytize and grow his flock. if you look around the landscape of global catholicism, you see that catholicism is very important in parts of europe, south america and south africa. should that be a consideration in choosing the next pope, finding someone who might be able to grow the flock in area where is catholicism is least represented? >> reporter: first of all the church is actually in very bad shape in a lot of western europe. and what we need, i think, what the church needs, is a pope who wherever he comes from is such a radically converted disciple of jesus cri
originating in eggs, sprouts, and vine vegetables. >>> the vatican this morning is revealing pope benedict hit his head during last year's visit to mexico, but officials deny it had any significant role in his resignation. today the pontiff has been meeting with the pastors of rome's parishes. the conclave of cardinals will meet next month to pick benedict's successor. let's bring in the former director of the office of peace, justice, and integrity of creation for the sisters of charities. sister, good to see you. >> thank you. good to be here. >> let me start with this. as the cardinals get ready to pick the next pope, what issues would you like the next pontiff to address? in the "new york times" criticizing the vatican saying that they accused nuns of pushing radical feminist themes this from a year ago. there's also an issue of women in the priesthood. >> well, certainly the role of women in the church is a critical issue in the church today. and for the world today. and so i would whole heartedly support an expanded role and that expanded role based really on the dignity, the value, the
something bold and selfless and braves. >> pope benedict spoke more about the activities. our guest joins us. talking about his age and age of his successor and divisions within the catholic church and the leadership, were you surprised he tackled these issues today? >> it is fascinating, but divisions in the church have been something he has been concerned about, and it became leaks.orse during the wikilea only were their divisions in the church but in the bureaucracy. >> everything he says over the next two weeks is going to be listened to very carefully? >> are much so. i think he is going to be careful to make sure not to say something that is interfering with the selection process. he has already appointed more than half the cardinals who are going to elect a successor -- he has already had a big say in who will be his successor. he picked people who agree with him on the issues facing the church. the person who gets elected is going to be someone they like. >> there really is not much in recent history, a practical president for having a former living coke. how much complication did it
. >>> as officials scramble to figure out who'll be the next head of the roman catholic church, pope benedict xvi has made his first public appearance since he announced that he was resigning. the 85-year-old pontiff was given an enthusiastic welcome by thousands of faithful as he entered st. peter's basilica. >> his announcement that he was stepping down due to old age and poor health came as a surprise for people around the world. he is the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years. vatican officials say pope benedict will give his final papal audience on february 27th one day before he steps down. they say they're making preparations to hold a conclave to elect a new pope in mid march. >>> a section of roof at the chernobyl nuclear complex has collapsed, prompting workers to evacuate. ukrainian authorities say no one was injured. and they say there were no leaks of radiation. officials say a 600 square-meter section partially covered the turbine hall. workers built it after the nuclear disaster in 19 86. it gave way under the weight of heavy snow. contractors are building a new protective structure
a turbulent half decade of bankruptcies and consolidation for the u.s. airline industry. >>> pope benedict has two weeks left as head of the church. the pontiff celebrated his final mass at the vatican. benedict was given a long-standing ovation as he prepares to step down on february 28th. after almost eight years as leader of more than 1.2 billion catholics worldwide. >>> it is valentine's day and we always think of our meteorologist, bill karins. we always want good weather. >> i thought you meant with love. >> of course we love you, bill. >> good morning, everyone. as we start this valentine's day, grab the umbrella heading into the northwest. especially from olympia to bellingham. as the rain comes at us from the north and northwest, this is associated with the warm front lingering along the coast trying to move in. damp weather for the morning commute. if you are driving down i-5 today, tomorrow looks better. we are seeing a clearing trend. we have had high pressure off the west coast that's been very strong. now the high pressure ridge back here over areas of salt lake city will strengt
into port now. >>> pope benedict's sendoff has the faithful on their feet. >>> mayor bloomberg's latest target. plus, the world's largest airline. and 1 million are calling women around the world. "early today" starts right now. >> announcer: this is "early today" for thursday, february 14th, 2013. >>> good morning, i'm mara schiavocampo. 4200 passengers are hoping to set foot on dry land this morning after a disaster at sea. carnival's triumph cruise liner lost power on sunday, causing it to become stranded with little food and even few you are working bathrooms. nbc's jay gray is live in alabama where the ship is set to dock. jay, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, mara. yeah, passengers have described it as a difficult and disgusting trip, one that should end this afternoon has the ship is pulled into the cruise terminal here. a third tugboat joined the slow tow pulling the crippled cruise liner toward this dock at the port of mobile. >> we've been doing a lost work to try to activate the terminal again. we've been doing a lot of logistic security to make this experience
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coalition said only that it's investigating. pope benedict the sixteenth was greeted with cheers today, at his final public mass before stepping down. the 85-year-old pontiff celebrated ash wednesday services at st. peter's basilica at the vatican, marking the start of lent. we have a report from james mates of "independent television news." >> reporter: it was not quite a rock star's welcome, but was not far short of it as thousands of pilgrims crowded into the audience hall at the vatican for pope benedict's first public appearance since announcing his resignation. as he tried to speak, he was drowned out by applause, finally managing to thank them and the wider catholic world for their sympathy and understanding. >> (translated): i have decide renounce the gift the lord gave me. i decided to do this after praying far long time and examining my conscience in front of god. >> reporter: all way dorr shippers have been queues for events in the vatican, culminating with this evening's mass in st. peter's basilica. ash wednesday-- the first day of lent-- is anyway one of the catholic chur
pope benedict a long ovation before his last public mass before stepping down. he announced that the cop clave will convene on thursday. >>> glean green has come to represent valentine's day for the money the holiday generates. reporter: valentine's day brings out the procast nate near many people, though it is a time for love and romance. reporter: sophia, what do you think about valentine's day? >> it's good for people who have someone to share it with. grr diswhrr according to retailers, it generates some $18 preponderate 6 billion across the nation. women will spend an average of $88 on their significant others in flowers, chocolate, and the classic cards. >> after christmas, the number one holiday is valentine's day. reporter: mike baum says they count on the red to keep them in the black. >> chocolates are tremendous. they usually add it with some gift or not. >> don't let the business of valentine's day fool you. those out shopping for a loved one with sweethearts still say it's all for love. >> i don't know what i'm going to get
for two more weeks and today pope benedict xvi celebrated his final public mass as the head of the catholic church the move was somber inside st. peter's basilica as pope benedict celebrated ash wednesday along with droves of worshippers. the 85-year-old pontiff told the faithful residing for the good of the church citing his frail health. the church plans to have a new pope in place by easter. >>> attorneys for barry bonds -- williams has been following this case from the very beginning and was inside the courtroom today but one significant player was missing. >> weigh the arguments on both sides here today. >> united states of america versus barry lamar bonds. >> should conviction for obstruction of justice be tossed down. >> mr. bonds was convicted on the basis of a single statement. that statement consists of 52 words. >> that rambling 52-word answer is on the screen now, bonds saying he was a celebrity child with a famous father, his answer to a question whether his trainer greg anderson ever gave him anything that required a syringe to inject himself with. that was par
benedict's sendoff have the faithful on their feet. >>> bloomberg's latest target. >>> plus, the world's largest airline, one billion rides around the world. >>> a skier with a wildly exciting back flip. we'll give ut back story. good morning. 4200 passengers are hoping to set foot on dry land this morning after a disaster at sea. carnival's triumph cruise liner lost power sunday causing it to become stranded with little food and fewer working bathroom. jay gray is live in alabama where the ship is set to dock. jay, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, to you. yeah, it's been described by passengers as a difficult and disgusting trip, one that should end this afternoon as the ship is pulled into the cruise terminal here. a third tug boat joined the crew pulling the cruise liner toward this dock. >> we've been doing a lot of work to activate the terminal again. we've been doing a lot of logistics, security as well as trying to make this experience one that won't be come better so many for the passengers. >> reporter: more than 3,000 passengers have suffered through a lack of food, a
to know before you head out the door this morning. pope benedict xvi will meet with a group of parish priests in rome today. the retiring pope is expected to talk about the personal experiences as a young reformist back in the vatican council back in the 1960s. pope benedict will step down on february 28th. >>> senate democrat leaders are expected to vote on chuck hagel's confirmation as secretary of defense. a chairperson believes hagel has enough votes to get past the senate fill buster and be confirmed as the top pentagon first of all. the na plans to hold a news conference today in tennessee to respond to the president's state of the union address. on tuesday, the president called on congress to vote on a package of proposed measures including a ban on a sale of assault weapons and mandatory background check. >>> robin roberts will be on the cover of "people" magazine this week. inside the gma co-anchor talks about the battle with cancer. pick up a copy at newsstands beginning tomorrow. >>> today a collection of love letters between lyndon johnson and lady bird johnson will be ava
is expected to be the second most tropical storm. he's pope for two more weeks.but pope benedict celebrated his final public mass today. he got a big welcome from the crowd.and a standing ovation that lasted for minutes. he talked a little more about why he's stepping down -- saying it's for the 'good of the church.' benedict has been increasingly frail and ill. some of the people who were in the audience talked about the experience. this was the scene inside st. peter's cathedral. the 85-year-old pope is retiring february 28th. the college of cardinals is expected to move quickly to choose a new pope. they'll begin the process next month. now for today's market update. now, he has been increasingly frail and ill. some of the people talk to the about the experience. >> it is very emotional. and >> a lot of people wanted to make them feel like we had sympathy. we were on his side, so to speak. season of the 85 year-old pope is retiring february 28th. the college of cardinals is expected to move quickly to choosing appalled. they will begin that process next month to choose a new- pope ... wi
such incident. >> pope benedict saved standing ovation today he celebrated his last public mass during ash wednesday services. the 85-year-old spoke about his resignation. there is no mention of the pope today during mass. there is a possibility a new pope will be selected easter sunday. >> coming up why an organic baby food sold in california was just recalled. the south bay. new reason neighbors and police are still on edge 24 hours later. >> i'm sandhya patel. i'll have a warm up followed by wet weather. don't turn the chabl channel. details coming up. >> and environmental activists stay on co5uj?jw and their fight to keep golfers off sensitive fairways. stay with us. the news continues here in just a momen >>> unbelievable. police back in a home in santa clara today, detonating powerful bombs. they were discovered inside of a home yesterday. the chp went interest tl to serve a search warrant and describes the house just a mess. officers today were worried it may have been booby trapped and searched every corner of the property. they arrest aid homeowner a 45-year-old everett bashman. n
benedict xvi has made his first appearance since announcing he will resign. thousands of faithful welcomed the 85-year-old has he entered saint peter basilica. he will be the first to resign in nearly 600 years. he'll give his final audience on february 27th, one die before he steps down. they're preparing to hold a conclave in mid-march. >>> a section of roof at the chernobyl nuclear complex has collapsed, prompting workers to evacuate. ukrainian authorities say no one was injured. and they say there were no leaks of radiation. officials say a 600 square-meter section partially covered the turbine ha. workers built it after the nuclear disaster in 1986. it gave way under the weight of heavy snow. contractors are building a new protective structure to cover the number 4 reactor, about 150 meters away. foremen for a french construction company pulled out 80 workers as a precaution. experts are concerned the concrete and metal structure built after the disaster is too old to contain the radiation inside the reactor. >>> people from japan are getting a chance to conduct a more thorough search
to build up its case. >> andrew harding reporting from pretoria. in other news, pope benedict has indicated he will retreat entirely from public life when he retires at the end of this month. he told parish priests he would remain closed to all of them, but be hidden from the world. investigation into the death of a teenage boy shot dead marking the second anniversary of a uprising in bahrain. and a famous owner for a famous brand. heinz, the maker of ketchup and debate beans, has been sold by the business consortium that includes a billionaire warren buffet. the deal is believed to be the largest in the food industry. u.s. airways and american airlines have announced they are joining forces. the merger creates the world's biggest airline in terms of miles flown by passengers around the world. we have this from new york. >> the courtship is over and now they are making it permanent. u.s. airways announced its merger with american airlines. [applause] it was the closest thing to a marriage ceremony. the u.s. airways to executive counted the benefits of this union. >> these are two highly com
. >>> vatican officials confirm pope benedict fell and hit his head during a trip to mexico last year and insist the fall played no role in the pontiff's decision to step down. today the pope met with priests in rome telling them he will remain hidden from the world after retirement. he plans to dedicate himself to prayer living in an old monastery inside the vatican's walls. >>> his courageous story and electrifying performance at the summer olympics inspired people around the world, but tonight south african police say they will charge the man known as blade runner with the murder of his girl friend. police will not confirm reports that oscar pistorius mistook his girl friend for a burglary. that girl friend reeva steenkamp was a model and reality show contestant. pistorius was the first ever double amputee to participate in the olympics. >>> coming up at 7:00 we'll introduce you to an organization that helps struggling families stay on their feet at 7:00 on wusa9. >> still ahead this half hour some lucky couples tie the knot this valentine's day. plus -- ♪[ music ] >> beautification through
benedict is suggesting we will never see him again after he resigns two weeks from today. the pope told the priests this morning he'll be, in his words, hidden to the world. they say benedict will play no role in choosing his successor. they say he'll move to a vatican monastery to live a life of prayer and it is time now to show yo this morning's headlines. "the new york times" says iran is upgrading its nuclear facilities. new centrifuges were installed last month. meanwhile iran has started a new round of talks with the national atomic energy agency. >>> and "the wall street journal" says the u.s. and europeans have struck up a trade deal. it could take two years to compete. >>> "usa today" says there use news on chuck hagel. they could decide tomorrow. republicans are threatening to stonewall the nomination and moderate republican susan says she'll appose hagel. >> at a hearing yesterday patrick donohoe told senators the postal service needs their help. last year, keep in mind, the post office loft nearly $16 billion. >>> and the "los angeles times" says researchers believe they may
. >>> pope benedict delivered his final public mass on wednesday. >> thousands packed into st. peter's basilica to pay tribute to the pontiff who will step down at the end of this month. when he left for the last time, the crowd gave him a standing ovation. many had tears in their eyes. he's the first pope to resign in 600 years. >>> straight ahead, your thursday morning weather and in this morning's "moneywatch" report, from candy to cards and flowers to jewelry, how much are you spending on your sweetheart this valentine's day? sweetheart this valentine's day? ooooo [ male announcer ] if you can clear a crowd but not your nasal congestion you may be muddling through allergies. try zyrtec-d®. powerful relief of nasal congestion and other allergy symptoms -- all in one pill. zyrtec-d®. at the pharmacy counter. >>> here's a look at to >>> here's a look at today's forecast in some cities around the country. 46 the high in new york turning sunny. miami, shourks 80. chicago, showers, 42. dallas, sunny, 68, los angeles, high of 75. >> and time now for a check of the
to celebrate ash wednesday. the venue drew thousands as pope benedict xvi presided over his last public mass as pontiff. the first since announcing he is retiring at the end of the month. the vatican has announced the conclave to elect a successor will start between march 15 and march 20. those not able to make it to an area at church for ash wednesday service is to give an edge of ashes on the program. several members of the episcopal clergy stood on sidewalks offering ashes. they say the program allows them to reach hundreds of people who could not otherwise participate. today marks the start of lent leading up to easter in the ash is used to start this time of reflection. >> we're trying to take the church outside a little bit so that people who have no experience with ash wednesday can get a little bit of information about what is and what it means and how it is related to easter. >> this is the second year the episcopal diocese of maryland has participated in the ashes on the program. next, a baltimore flores said she fell victim to an employee she trusted. the designer who allegedly st
feet into the air it was under that dome that pope benedict xvi presided over ash wednesday services on the first day of lent. >> earlier the 8 a-year-old pontiff told whopperrers he is resigning his ministry for the good of the church. of those came forward to receive ashes on their head the need to repent. tourists gathered to watch history unfold. >> in 600 years it hasn't happened so to be here it's quite special. >> our teacher started explain it to us that it had happened since 1415. i didn't even know a pope could resign it was like shocking. >> shepard: on monday, pope benedict said he will step down at the end of this month because is he just no longer strong enough to perform his duties. we expect to see him at least a couple more times before that happens. and we will have much more on the pope and the process of choosing his successor coming up inside fox report. but, first, a fox urgent. we are right now waiting for a news conference to begin on the case of christopher dorner. and confirmation of whether the burned body police found inside that charred cabin last night i
by a california murder suspect. >>> i'm melissa mollet at the live desk. pope benedict xvi is meeting with cardinals right now and just said he will remain hidden to the world once he steps down. we understand he also plans to meet with pastors of parishes. this continues his farewell tour. the vatican says benedict will reflect on his time there and look back at changes in the vatican as the church moves forward. some cardinals reportedly started maneuvering for the succession as long as two years ago. in the meeting this morning, he said he'll withdraw into isolation, but "i will always be close to you, and i'm sure you will be close to me." the public's final public mass, an emotional one, was held yesterday. at the live desk, melissa mollet, news4. >>> police say they didn't intentionally set the fire that burned down a california cabin where former lapd officer christopher dorner was apparently holed up. they're investigating what caused the cabin to go up in flames. officers say they fired teargas into that building on tuesday. it caught fire a short time later. that was followe
call police. >>> pope benedict xvi celebrated his last public mass tonight. [ speaking foreign language ] >> he marked the beginning of lent with a mass. he announced his retirement two days ago saying he no longer has the strength to continue his duties. he will be taken to a retreat 15 miles south east of roam. >>> dozens of men and women gathered at the bart station in support of the 11 million undocumented immigrants. they want to make sure families are not torn apart by deportation and calling for a clear path to citizenship. >> a message of the faith community standing with the immigrant community here on ash wednesday and saying enough is enough. this is our opportunity to actually make real change when it comes to citizenship. >> it included the pouring of ashes on the street. they chose the mission district because it is known for making immigrants feel at home. >>> they have agreed to merge. this is a move that will create the biggest airline. the boards voted on the merger today. siting sources close to the morninger. they have been in talks for a year. reports say the ceo of
benedict 16th held a last mass as pontiff today. he was wheeled down the aisle during ts service. it was the first mass since his surprise announcement he's retiring. in his homily he said he decided to resign for the good of the church and asked for prayers. he saved standing ovation. >> still ahead, that sip of water that became a social media sensation. >> and move over, gangnam style. >> today, 7 on your side q and a is just ahead. still taking your questions so you can contact me and on twitter at m mini. i'll answer your questions here live a little later. >> from mount tam there is a finger full of fog. >> many>> san francisco students got a rare one on one with california's chief justice today. abc 7 news explains. >> california chief justice makes it a point to visit a school in california oncek] year this, year was balboa high school law academy in san francisco. a unique opportunity for students to question her. >> what advice do you have for a high school student with average grade
monitoring. >>> history was made as pope benedict xvi led his final mass as leader of the catholic church. he delivered a moving ash wednesday mass at st. peters basilica. thousands gave the pope a long ovati ovation. he will meet with the cardinals and they will choose his successor on or after march 15th. >>> they're hoping for something special in the air. american airlines is merging with u.s. airways. the formal announcement comes tomorrow. and it will create the biggest airline. the new american airlines will have 900 more planes, 3,200 more flights and about 95,000 employees. consumer advocates say, the merger will increase ticket prices. however, industry officials say domestic u.s. airfares fell 1% between 2004 and 2011, a period that included several airline mergers. >>> repairs to the fenders at the bay bridge are under way. you may remember they were damaged when an oil tanker sideswiped it back in january. that accident put the safety of the bay bridge back in the spotlight and the cost guard front and center. only on nbc bay area news tonight, we have new guidelines that could h
.m. eastern time -- an update on the release -- the health of the pope. global -- pope benedict pope benedict and 16 -- pope benedict xvi hit his head on a trip to mexico, but they say that had nothing to do with his resignation. this adds to questions about the gravity of the pontiff's condition. on tuesday, the vatican said that pope benedict has a pacemaker and that he had his batteries replaced just three months ago. the effective date of his resignation is the 28th of this month. in business news, billionaire warned buffett is buying the ketchup company -- warren buffett is buying the ketchup company heinz. it is a deal valued at $20 billion. the company headquarters will stay in pittsburgh. he says that congress, the white house, and advocates for seniors have all, in his words, really walked away from social security, leaving the program quote fraying because -- program "fraying." policymakers "use it as a tool of political rhetoric." he says benefit talk -- cuts and tax increases are inevitable, and he questions whether congress is up to the task qt finished up his six-year year term
at the gas prices. the new national average is 3.63. >> a capacity crowd on hand for pope benedict's final public mass as a pontiff. the standing ovation and cheering before the service went underway. the pope resigning at the end of the month. facebook not liking a new lawsuit. the duj programmer claims the social networking site ripped off his like and share button. he said he patent the ideas but died before they became reality. the suit claims facebook knew about the patents and stole the ideas. >> ainsley, another look at who is talking this morning. malkin weighing in on chris dorner. some piered to be cheering for the suspect. >> it is sickening and chilling. chris matthews wasn't the only one in the media. there were many figures among the professional left who if they weren't explicitly cheering christopher dorner on certainly harbor some sick sympathy for this man. it goes back to academia it goes back to treating these evil people and empty vessels into which they pour every last left wing grievance. if you watch that clip very closely it almost seems like chris matthews takes p
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